Recognize Inflammatory Bowel Disease as a Disability

Recognize Inflammatory Bowel Disease as a Disability

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Ever since I could remember I’ve lived with constant stomach pain. Doctors never gave me a proper diagnosis until it got seemingly worse. A year after I graduated high school in 2014, I began experiencing the worst stomach pain ever imagined. It felt like I swallowed razer blades. I never thought anything of it I just figured I ate something bad since i was originally diagnosed with IBS in 2010. It wasn't until I began bleeding every time I had a bowel movement. The pain got worse and the loss of blood became heavier. I was rushed to the emergency room, put on “fast acting” corticosteroids, but nothing was helping. Everything that entered my body came out the same way and the constant trips to the bathroom made it difficult for me to work or go to college. I had an emergency procedure done and doctors figured out that i had sores and the lining of my intestine was completely wiped out. Everything I ate would scrape my insides. I was put on liquids for nearly 3 weeks, and received 2 blood transfusions during my stay. After my diagnosis with Crohn’s disease I tried applying for disability but was denied.  I am currently on a lifelong medication and get reoccurring flares almost once a year. Inflammatory bowel disease has become alot more common and its time to educate “outsiders” or healthy people that illnesses don't only affect the outer anatomical parts of our body, they affect our insides too. Lets bring awareness to IBD and other invisible illnesses. I also want the health department to identify IBD as a disability.

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